by Liviu REBREANU
Translated from Romanian by Gabi REIGH
Written in the interwar period and published in 1927, this psychological thriller has captured the imagination of Romanian readers ever since. The book begins with a murder, as Puiu, a young aristocrat, strangles his wife on the night of the royal ball. To avoid a public trial and prison sentence, his father arranges to have him committed to a mental asylum.
The Sorrow of Miles Franklin beneath Mount Kajmakčalan
by Ivan ČAPOVSKI
Translated from Macedonian by Paul FILEV
In the latter years of World War I, renowned Australian writer Miles Franklin travels to the Macedonian Front, joining as a nurse at the Scottish Women’s Hospital near Mt. Kajmakčalan. Soldiers from many nations surge across a Macedonia that has been partitioned, absorbed by its neighbors. Its people struggle to survive in the face of staggering losses and being forcibly conscripted into foreign armies fighting on their soil.
The Narcissism of Death
by Svetozar SAVIĆ
Translated from Montenegrin by Vuk TOŠIĆ
Arrested for the suspicious death of his mother, “Bernard Novak” explains himself, in court and in prison:
Spending the night by chance in a seedy hotel near a quiet cemetery, he hears the laughter and moans of a couple having sex in a nearby room. Unexpectedly excited by the event, he watches as they leave… and falls in love with the beautiful woman, whom he immediately names M (for Midnight).
He recalls that he has seen the man before: Joko, a minor functionary in the government.